What is a Salon?
Dating back to the literary and philosophical movements of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France, a salon is “a fashionable assemblage of notables (such as literary figures, artists, or statesmen) held by custom at the home of a prominent person.”At the Heller Center, junior faculty present their research to the campus and wider Colorado Springs community. The audience may choose – or not - to read a pre-posted selection of the professor’s writing before the event. After a brief lecture, the floor opens for questions and conversation – all with wine and cheese.
Heller Center Salon Series
September 29 at 6pm
Assistant Professor, Department of Visual and Preforming Arts/ Director of Art History
Hypernostalgia in Contemporary American Visual Culture
After a summer of “Running Up that Hill” and the return of Maverick to the not-so- friendly skies and box office, today’s visual culture in the United States curiously looks, sounds, and feels increasingly like the 1980s. Join Dr. Kristen Galvin for a discussion regarding the pleasures and pitfalls of this escalation in media nostalgias, and the state of being stuck on, and in, the last decades of the 20th century.
Kristen Galvin received her doctorate in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine where she received both a Chancellor’s Fellowship and the University of California Humanities Network Graduate Fellowship. She also holds an MFA and MA from Purchase College, SUNY, and a BA from Brown University. Her current book project explores the visual cultural phenomenon of what she calls “hypernostalgia” in the 21stcentury, examining how it leverages the ongoing culture wars to rearticulate constructions of “Americanness.” She has published in the Journal of Popular Music Studies, Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, Art Journal Open, American Book Review and in multiple edited collections. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of the Art History Program in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Her research interest include examining post-1960s visual and material culture in the United States, her interdisciplinary research explores intersections across contemporary art, film and media, popular music, performance, gender and sexuality, memory, and subcultural studies.
Thursday, February 16, 2023 * 6pm
Senior Instructor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts/ Director of Voice
Voices without Borders
Haleh Abghari is a native of Iran and has performed internationally as a singer and actor. The New York Times hailed her work as "a virtuoso and winning performance," and The Washington Post the described her voice as “high, dry, sweet and piercingly pure soprano."
Her performances include appearances at the Montalvo Center for the Arts, Live at The Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum (NYC), Music on the Edge Series at the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Joe’s Pub (NYC), the Monadnock Music Festival, the Staunton Music Festival, the IFCP Festival, and the CrossSound Festival (Alaska), as well as EtnaFest, Teatro Manzoni, and SoundRes in Italy. She has appeared as guest soloist and/or recorded with numerous ensembles including The New York New Music Ensemble, Cygnus Ensemble, Sequitur Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Bent Frequency, Empyrean Ensemble, Thamyris, and Fred Ho’s Afro Asian Music Ensemble.
In addition to working with numerous living composers and premiering new works, Abghari has created original music and performance pieces, and collaborated on many projects and installation-performance pieces with visual and performance artists. She received a Fulbright Grant to work on the music of Kurtág in Budapest. She previously worked as music programmer and host for WNYC and WQXR in New York City. In both her teaching and her creative pursuits, Abghari aims to promote social justice, active citizenship, civic dialogue, and finding new forms of political expression through the arts
Thursday, April 13, 2023 * 6pm
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication / Director of Leadership Communication
Barriers to Honesty in Communication - What it Means for Leadership, Life, and Work
Prior to joining UCCS in 2018, Elena was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina and the Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, Portugal. Elena holds a PhD in Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Her research focuses on the emotional dimensions of communication, whether it be facial expressions of emotion in political leaders, or leader emotion in communicating feedback to subordinates. She is also interested in the intersection between emotion and deception and how emotion influences the way we lie and our decision to do so. Recently, she has been exploring the challenges and opportunities of honest communication, both in leadership and in life.
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Past Salon Series
Dept. of Geography & Environmental Studies
Dept. of Anthropology
Dept. of Women’s & Ethnic Studies
Department of Visual and Performing Arts- Theater
Kraemer Family Library
Department of Philosophy
Department of Political Science
Department of Sociology
Department of Philosophy
Sociology and Women & Ethnic Studies
Assistant Professor and Curator
Department of Anthropology
Department of English